When people are injured due to a negligent party, they usually seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, and more. While these injuries can be a huge inconvenience and may cause a great deal of suffering, they are usually not quite as heavy and hurtful as wrongful death. When someone is killed in an accident, such as a car crash, a medical malpractice incident, a construction site accident or otherwise, his or her family is left grieving as a result.
Unfortunately, the pain does not stop at an emotional level, as the grieving family is also now without a paycheck, making the process all the more upsetting. If you are a grieving family member, you are most likely seeking to hold the responsible party accountable. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What qualifies as a wrongful death?
To sue a party for wrongful death, you must prove that they are the direct cause of your loved one’s passing. However, your attorney will first have to verify that the circumstances of your loved one’s death meet the following criteria:
- There was a death
- The death was due to another party’s negligence
- If the fatally injured person had lived, the action against them would have been considered illegal
- The deceased individual must have left behind a family who suffered a significant financial loss due to the death of their loved one
- The grieving party is entitled to financial compensation
How may I recover financial compensation following the wrongful death of a loved one?
To recover compensation, your attorney will gather various forms of relevant evidence to prove your claim. For example, he may work to uncover security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused the death, medical documents, and more. If you win your claim, you may use the compensation to help pay for some, or all, of the following:
- Funeral costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Health care expenses
- Lost inheritance for surviving children
- 9% interest on the recovery awarded, starting at the date of the death
- Support and services provided by the deceased
Contact our experienced New York City firm
The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.